HISTORY: Virginia Distillery Co. was started in 2011 in Livingston, Va. While much of its single malt whiskey is currently aging in barrels, the distillery has several current offerings that are blended whiskeys.
This route is common for craft whiskey distilleries, as it allows their distillers to make something unique with their own 100% malted barley unaged whiskey and sourced (or bought) Scotch whisky.
FLAVOR: This whiskey blend has been finished in port casks for a minimum of one year.The nose of the whiskey is reminiscent of bourbon, which can be attributed to the port barrels adding a hint of sweetness. On the palate, the “funk” of the unaged single malt whiskey comes first but is quickly softened into Scotch peat smokiness.
If you’re a fair-weather fan of Scotch who is not into the depth of smoky peat, this blend is definitely worth your time. Whiskey fans who also appreciate the harsher edges of unaged single malt will enjoy this offering, too.
BY ANY OTHER NAME: Regional protections are very important in spirit production. For example, “bourbon” can only be used by U.S. distilleries, just as Scotch whisky can only come from Scotland.
In July, the Scotch Whisky Association sued Virginia Distillery Co. for their use of the word “Highland,” as that term is “reserved,” according to the suit. Virginia Distillery Co. agreed to stop using “Highland” on its Virginia-Highland Whisky, and the suit was withdrawn.
Whatever is on the label, it’s the spirit that counts. Look for it in Wake County ABC stores.
Virginia Distillery Co.
299 Eades Lane, Lovingston, VA